How to protect a school from payment fraud

Learn about what phishing is, what to look out for and how to avoid it in your school. Create a process for paying invoices and use our template to collect new supplier information.

Last reviewed on 23 February 2022
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. What's phishing? 
  2. Red flags to look out for
  3. How to avoid phishing scams 
  4. Create a secure process for paying invoices

What's phishing? 

Phishing is a cyber crime where you're targeted via email, telephone or text message. Someone masquerades as a legitimate institution or person to lure you into providing sensitive data such as:

  • Personally identifiable information 
  • Banking or credit card details
  • Passwords 

They then use the information to access important accounts and this can result in identity theft or financial loss. 

Red flags to look out for

Is the greeting personal? A genuine email will usually address you by name Is the message from someone you know but their email address is different? You might receive an email where the name is the same as your friend's but the actual email address is different - look out for these inconsistencies   Check the grammar and spelling. Sloppy spelling mistakes are a big giveaway (e.g. Pl3ase instead of please)  Be wary